Moving Means~Get Out!!

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Real Estate Agent with Homequest Real Estate

 

Christmas was a less than elaborate celebration! tree 

I couldn't see the point of unpacking a whole bunch of stuff only to have to pack it up again!

We hired a professional mover. We figured 25 years in the same house there was a lot of accumulation in the attic, cellar and second floor of the garage! More than our ancient bones could handle! The Mover had a 10 day free storage policy that we figured would work out well if we didn't close on time on our purchase. All we had to do is find a motel that would take the dogs!

I was exceptionally proud of the "system" I came up with. I wanted to cut down on the time it took the movers so I not only labeled the boxes for content ....I color coded them for where they went. Green tape Garage, Red the shed, Yellow the boxes  living room and Blue...upstairs.

As time went on it became obvious we weren't going to close on the new house on the 15th. We were going FHA and that part was all set, the Foreclosures Seller agreed to the reduced price. but, now the MI company was reluctant to insure the loan. Our Broker researched another Company and still no go because we had been late (in the past two years) on one Mortgage payment. So we decided to go with 20% down so the insurance wouldn't be an issue.

The increased costs meant we had to cancel the professional mover so we hired a local guy and a helper....disaster!!

It was totally overwhelming....the stuff, the trash, the running out of boxes, the running out of bags, the having to rent a second storage unit, the pure exhaustion!! It was obvious that we weren't going to be able to be out by 11:00 the next day. The Sellers offered an extension till the next evening. If we weren't out we had to give them $725.

Well....you guessed it...we were an hour and 1/2 late getting out. And had to forfeit the money. I can look back now and see all the woulda, coulda, shouldas I should have done! but..working as my own agent I was just too close to the situation, too tired and too emotional to make good decisions!

Next Installment.....on to the Red Roof Inn!

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Joan Mirantz - Joni is a Realtor® with Homequest Real Estate, a locally owned, Customer Service oriented Firm.
Joan Publishes a monthly Newsletter "Food For Thought" under the pen name Realtor Sherpa.
(Joan also answers to Miz Maven and Miss Joni.)

Joan works in Buyer and Seller Representation with concentrations in the Merrimack Valley Area and towns surrounding Concord NH - the Capital City.
"I love what I do, and it shows in how I do it"

Having crossed over to the "other side of Middle Age" herself....Joan is an ongoing source of information about local programs, facilities and issues specific to her peers! 

 
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Tom Braatz
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Joan

I had a mover that forgot to show up once. Thought I was going to have a heart attack

Sincerely

Tom Braatz

Jan 27, 2009 03:15 PM #1
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Jen Bowman
Keller Williams Realty - Holmes Beach, FL
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Joan, I like the idea of color coding the boxes.  I usually just number them and write the room that they go to on the box.  When I number them, I list the numbers in a notebook describing what's in each box.  We move every few years (for the capital gains exclusion) so it seems like it was pretty easy last time.  You have given me some things to think about with our next move.  You've also made me a little nervous! :)

Jan 27, 2009 03:19 PM #2
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Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

Joni - you had the right plan.  I wish I had been as organized when we moved to NC.  It just seems that this whole move is presenting some real challenges for you.  I'm gonna say an extra prayer that the rest of this deal goes smoothly, the closing is uneventful, and you are on to your new abode - dogs and all.  Just take your time, the boxes will still be there the next day, and the next day, and the next ... You get the idea.

Wish I were closer, I'd come help you get them in the right rooms.

Jan 27, 2009 07:43 PM #3
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Bob

It's always something with a move, isn't it?  That color coding idea is fantastic for making the move in as easy as possible.  Having been through quite a few moves myself, the only suggestion I'm able to give most people is to save as much money as possible.  You never know when you'll have to come up with money for more storage space, more boxes, or that unexpected motel room.

The best suggestion made to me as far as saving money was to buy my boxes through UsedCardboardBoxes.com.  I saved a ton of money compared to buying new, the boxes (and other accessories in the moving kit) were delivered by UPS, and I got them in 2 days.  It saved me the hassle of going to find cheap/free boxes, and paying outrageous prices for new boxes. 

Sorry to hear your move was so rough.  It's amazing how the little things turn into big things so quickly.  Hope you're soon settled and all this is all but a distant memory.

Jan 27, 2009 07:49 PM #4
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Holly Weatherwax
Momentum Realty - Reston, VA
Moving Your Dreams Forward...

I have enjoyed your posts about this process.  Things never go quite as planned, do they?

Feb 01, 2009 04:33 PM #5
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Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
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You were definately on the right track with all the organzing.  It is very difficult to try to move everything after 25 years!  I hope you find your new home soon!  Living at the Red Roof Inn can get old!

Feb 02, 2009 08:41 AM #6
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Joan Mirantz
Homequest Real Estate - Concord, NH
Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire

Tom...I think that would blow my mind too!!

Jen...hope the system works for you. Lets assume my situation is an "exception"

Carol....thanks for the encouragement we're almost there

Thanks Bob....the tip about the extra money was prophetic! in our case.

Hi Holly....glad you enjoyed the reading. What's that saying? about Murphy's Law??

Joan...VERY OLD !!!

Feb 04, 2009 03:02 PM #7
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Hi Joan, I think I should have flown back East and helped you. I don't think you would  have agreed to any specific time on a clock when you have to rely on others. A stiff penalty indeed.  Whew, I could have helped with the color coded boxes and the written inventory plus $2.50 memory photo card of what is each box in case it lost or damaged.

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